Got a question about joining the Endeavour crew? Our most commonly asked questions are answered below.
"Get out of your comfort zone and let yourself enjoy the physicality & the adventure."
Contact the Endeavour office with your enquiries.
Phone: +61 02 8241 8323
Register your interest to voyage by submitting an Expression of Interest Form.
Once we have reviewed your Expression of Interest Form we will either call you to discuss your application or email you the Endeavour Voyaging Application Pack (this includes a medical clearance form that will need to be filled in by your doctor). Once we receive all your completed forms, the team will assess your suitability for the voyage and contact you.
Should you have any questions regarding your Expression of Interest Form or Application Pack, please contact the Endeavour Office with your enquiry.
Phone: +61 02 8241 8323
Please refer to Upcoming Voyages & Costs for full information. The cost will vary dependant on the leg undertaken and whether you choose to sail as voyage crew or supernumerary.
Note: You will need to pay for your own transport to and from the departure and arrival port. If you don’t want to buy wet weather sailing gear we will have this specialised equipment for hire.
Endeavour has 2 x 405hp Caterpillar diesel engines on-board. We plan our voyage schedule for as much sailing as possible but our engines are used for safety as well as to maintain our 21st century schedule.
Definitely! Endeavour has a 20th century deck which has modern, hot freshwater showers and marine toilets. Showers must be used sparingly as the ship carries a limited supply of fresh water.
No. For safety reasons, Endeavour is a dry ship and voyage crew and supernumeraries are not permitted to bring alcohol on-board.
Due to the application process, we do not offer gift certificates for voyages. Each applicant is assessed by the Endeavour office to ensure medical clearance for the voyage.
Parking at the Australian National Maritime Museum will not be available.
No. Due to insurance, security and workplace health and safety policies, voyage crew and supernumeraries are unable to stay on-board Endeavour the night before their voyage.
The day of departure involves various briefings and training and therefore no visitors are allowed on board during your pre-departure day. However, when Endeavour arrives at her destination port, family and friends are very welcome to come on-board for a look!
The average speed that Endeavour can sail is 4.5 knots, although the ship can easily sail at 8 knots and has achieved over 10 knots in ideal conditions.
Each Endeavour voyage has 56 people on board - 16 professional crew, 36 voyage crew and 4 supernumeraries.
We require a $500 (non-refundable) deposit to confirm your place on your voyage which is payable once you have received confirmation that you've been accepted onto a voyage. Acceptance onto the voyage will be determined once your Medical Clearance Form is received and the voyaging team has assessed your suitability. An offer will be emailed to you with details of how to pay your deposit.
Deposits are paid via the secure Eventbrite website - payment options include AMEX, MasterCard and Visa.
Yes! All crew joining Endeavour are given an induction into the ship and the first day is dedicated to training all new crew in line and sail handling, climbing aloft and safety procedures. Sailing Endeavour is different to sailing a modern sailing vessel and all crew, regardless of sailing experience, are treated equally.
Voyage crew assist the professional crew with sail handling on Endeavour and this will involve climbing the rigging to set the sails. The professional crew train the voyage crew on how to climb aloft safely as part of your induction. All crew are issued with a safety harness when they join and are required to clip on to the rigging when climbing aloft. No one is forced to climb, however it's preferred if you are willing to when required.
If you're unable to climb aloft the first time, it may pose a challenge for you to get to a higher point as the voyage continues. Experience on past voyages has shown that the more you try climbing aloft the easier it becomes. If you're unsure whether you can climb, or would like some practice in climbing, we suggest visiting an indoor rock climbing facility to help acclimatise yourself before setting sail. Should voyage crew feel uncomfortable climbing, they will simply be allocated alternate roles.
Note: Supernumeraries are not required to climb.
It's a requirement for all crew members to be able to swim to the extent that they would be able to swim to a lifebuoy if they need to be rescued. At a bare minimum, you will need to be able to tread water in the event that you are required to be rescued.
Due to insurance and safety procedures, you must be at least 18 years of age at time of voyage to join.
When you are not working on the vessel you can read, watch movies, listen to music or engage with others on board in cards and board games. Please note that much of your day will be working as a crew member on the voyage.
Endeavour has very limited storage space and all personal belongings, apart from wet weather gear and sleeping bags, must fit into a locker (76 x 50 x 50cm). It is essential that you bring adequate clothing dependent upon the location. A recommended packing list will be provided to you prior to your departure to prepare you for your voyage.
We recommend appropriate good quality wet weather sailing gear – suitable for extreme weather conditions - including waterproof and windproof jacket and pants, plus warm clothing, sailing gloves and thermals. The museum has this voyaging equipment for hire if needed.
Full (non- refundable) payment for your voyage is required within four weeks of receiving your deposit or four weeks’ from day of departure (whichever comes first) and is to be paid through the secure Eventbrite website. It is compulsory for you to take out full travel insurance when booking a voyage.
There are normal three-prong (Plug Type 1) 240 volt electrical sockets on the 20th-century deck. Please note that our electricity is from a generator, so voltage can fluctuate. There is a very small chance that damage to your electrical device may occur.
There is very limited internet access and mobile coverage at sea. If the ship is near shore, a mobile signal from the coast may be available, but there is no guarantee. The ship has a blog that is posted in the Sailing HMB Endeavour Facebook page. If there is an urgent message that needs to get to the ship or if an urgent message needs to be sent to shore, the Master can authorise the use of the ship's satellite.
Endeavour is an authentic replica but she still has some mod cons, including a modern galley and a professional catering team who cook hearty meals throughout the voyage to keep energy levels high. There is always plenty of food and you will not need to bring your own provisions. A well fed crew is a happy crew!
There is a high likelihood that you will suffer from seasickness at some time during the voyage, with the first few days of the voyage being the usual time when new crew members are most likely to experience it. Unfortunately, there is no easy cure if you are prone to suffer from seasickness, and the symptoms, including vomiting, that can make for a most unpleasant time for you while they persist. Whilst sea sickness medications are highly recommended, there is no guarantee that they will be effective.
If you are crossing international borders, it is your responsibility to ensure your passport and/or visa is in order with the relevant embassy or consulate (based on both passport country of issue and the countries you are voyaging to/though).
It's a requirement that you must take out sufficient travel insurance for the voyage and have adequate cover for death, or any illness, injury or loss you that you may suffer during the voyage, and for any costs you may incur as a consequence of a delay, cancellation or curtailment of the voyage by the Master and/or the Australian National Maritime Museum, or as a consequence of your failure to board the vessel at the scheduled time. We strongly recommend arranging your travel insurance as soon as you pay your deposit. The Endeavour Voyage Team will request details of your travel insurance at least month in advance of your departure.
The rigging on Endeavour is coated in tar. Therefore, when you climb aloft, there is a chance that your clothing will get marked with tar. Tar is extremely difficult to wash out of clothing.
It is a requirement that you are in good health to voyage.
Please consider if any of the following conditions apply to you, before submitting your expression of interest form.
- Heart condition
- Physical impediment
- Mental impairment
- Anxiety, depression, claustrophobia or anti-social behaviour
If any of the above raise concerns, please contact the Endeavour Voyaging Office to discuss your suitability further or await a response on your expression of interest form raising above conditions.
Sailing an 18th century ship can be quite unpredictable. We are at the mercy of the winds. As such, your voyage may arrive early or arrive later than scheduled in port. In the instance that a voyage is cancelled by the Australian National Maritime Museum prior to your departure, we will provide a full refund. In the rare instance that Endeavour needs to disembark its crew earlier than expected, no refund will be provided. It is highly encouraged that adequate travel insurance is purchased at time of deposit payment to cover any costs you may incur as a consequence of a delay, cancellation or curtailment of the voyage.